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Learning in Diamond Class

Summer 1


At St Mary Cray Primary Academy we follow Maths Mastery. As part of this all aspects of maths will first be taught using concrete materials, then progressing onto pictorials and finally using abstract methods. This has been shown to be a fantastic method of building solid and secure mathematical understanding. Once this understanding is secure, children learn how to problem solve and reason.

In Summer 1 we will cover fractions, time, properties of shape and mass and capacity. Pupils will experience measuring in non-standard and standard measurements and engage in estimating and problem solving. In fractions they will cover equivalent fractions, how to compare, order, add and subtract fractions. Pupils will learn to tell time to 5 minutes and to the minute. They will use both digital and analogue formats.


In English our chosen texts for this term are 'Phillip Pullman's - I was a Rat, David Almond - Mouse Bird Snake Wolf and Ann Grifalconi - The Village that VAnished"

Children will be writing for a range purposes, including Diary writing, Newspaper writing, Persuasive writing, Letter writing, Story writing, Comic strip, Play script, Descriptive writing, Leaflet and Setting description

They will be taught to include a range of features including;

  • Figurative language, description, similes and metaphors
  • Speech – using inverted commas and beginning to show the character’s relationship through their speech
  • Apostrophe to show belonging
  • Present and past tense
  • Paragraphs – to organise information
  • Expanded noun phrases
  • Fronted adverbials
  • Descriptive vocabulary – adverbs, adjectives

The best way to support your child with their writing is to encourage them to read at home and to practise spelling the Year3 /4 statutory spelling list.


In Year 3 reading is taught daily. Some children read with the class teacher during guided reading sessions, in which children are taught comprehension skills. Other children tke part in the Fresh Start programme

Each child is issued with a home reading journal and book, which should be read, signed off, and returned to school daily. Home reading is a hugely beneficial way of supporting your child's learning across the curriculum.


Our topic is Plants.  We will look at and discuss:

  • The functions of the different parts of a plant
  • What do different plants need to grow?
  • How is water transported within plants?


In RE we will be learning about Judaism.